Author: Dan Bacher

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Delta Tunnels: Delta Stewardship Council had just one job to do. They failed.

Last week, the Delta Stewardship Council voted to endorse the Delta Tunnels (dual conveyance) plan as part of their amendments to the Delta Plan at their meeting in Sacramento. They made the decision, with only one dissenting vote, in spite of a massive turnout and hours of testimony by tunnels opponents, including fishermen, conservationists, environmental justice […]

June 25th

Delta Stewardship Council ignores public, sides with Big Ag over Delta Tunnels

In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento today, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan that that project opponents say will hasten the approval of Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix this September. By Dan Bacher Only one […]

June 22nd

Why is the Delta Independent Science Board defending the flawed California WaterFix EIR/EIS?

Does Jerry Brown’s California Waterfix/Delta Tunnels plan comply with all environmental laws? Or are his pet scientists whitewashing (or greenwashing) the real – potentially devastating – effects that the plan will have on fish, the rivers they live in, and the people who depend on them? By Dan Bacher As state agencies push for approval […]

June 20th

California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels could be approved in September

In 2007, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revived a plan that big agriculture loved – to build a peripheral canal or tunnels around or under the Sacramento Delta. Since then, a coalition of fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates and Delta residents have been fighting to stop this Delta tunnels plan pushed by corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. Now, […]

June 15th

Why is Jerry Brown getting oil wells exemptions from the Safe Drinking Water Act?

The Trump Adminstration has granted requests from Jerry Brown’s regulators to exempt three aquifers near the Fruitvale, Round Mountain and Tejon oilfields in California’s Kern County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. According to Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, approval of these “aquifer exemption” applications by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “gives oil companies permission […]

June 13th

Happy World Oceans Day – how big oil effectively runs Cali’s marine protection areas

“If these are true marine protection areas, they why are we allowing drilling and other insults to the ocean in them? The whole MLPA Initiative was a phony process that provided an opportunity for Big Green and government bureaucrats to write press releases claiming these were ‘protected areas’ when in reality the fishermen and Tribes […]

June 8th

Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […]

June 6th

Jerry Brown poses as ‘climate leader’ while he promotes fracking, Delta Tunnels

He’s a political genius when it comes to working media, since he’s convinced much of the state, national and international media that he’s a “climate leader” and “green governor” when Jerry Brown actually oversees some of the most environmentally devastating policies of any governor in recent California history. By Dan Bacher Responding to President Donald Trump’s […]

June 6th

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels still wrong for California

Below is my three-minute testimony before the Delta Stewardship Council in Sacramento yesterday on the Delta Tunnels plan. I was the last one to make public comment at the meeting. Unfortunately, many residents of the South Delta community of Discovery Bay were unable to speak during the public comment period because their chartered bus had to leave at […]

May 26th

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […]

May 26th

How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […]

May 22nd